MIAMI (AP) - Florida has dropped from fifth to 11th in a nationwide ranking that compares education achievement, standards and spending across the states.
Education Week's annual "Quality Counts" report gave the state a C-plus overall, down from a B-minus the year before.
The drop was largely driven by weaker student performance and less student funding. Achievement gains on fourth and eighth grade math and reading were smaller than in previous years and overall performance also lagged. Lawmakers cut education spending by nearly 8 percent in 2011.
The state did get strong marks for standards, assessment and accountability.
Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson says the education system has been strained by the economic downturn but says he is confident the state will improve.
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